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Man, play, and games

Author: Roger Caillois; Meyer Barash
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2001.
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"Play is "an occasion of pure waste: waste of time, energy, ingenuity, skill, and often of money." It is also an essential element of human social and spiritual development." "In this study, Roger Caillois defines play as a voluntary activity that occurs in a pure space, isolated and protected from the rest of life. Within limits set by rules that provide a level playing field, players move toward an unpredictable  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Caillois; Meyer Barash
ISBN: 025207033X 9780252070334
OCLC Number: 46872216
Language Note: Translation of: Les jeux et les hommes.
Notes: Translation of: Les jeux et les hommes.
Description: xi, 208 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Play and games: theme --
1. The definition of play --
2. The classification of games --
3. The social function of games --
4. The corruption of games --
5. Toward a sociology derived from games --
pt. 2. Play and games: variations --
6. An expanded theory of games --
7. Simulation and vertigo --
8. Competition and chance --
Revivals in the modern world --
Appendix: 1. The importance of games of chance ; 2. Psychological and mathematical approaches.
Other Titles: Jeux et les hommes.
Responsibility: Roger Caillois ; translated from the French by Meyer Barash.

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"Play is "an occasion of pure waste: waste of time, energy, ingenuity, skill, and often of money." It is also an essential element of human social and spiritual development." "In this study, Roger Caillois defines play as a voluntary activity that occurs in a pure space, isolated and protected from the rest of life. Within limits set by rules that provide a level playing field, players move toward an unpredictable outcome by responding to their opponents' actions. Caillois qualifies types of games and ways of playing, from the improvisation characteristic of children's play to the disciplined pursuit of solutions to gratuitously difficult puzzles. He also examines the means by which games become part of daily life, ultimately giving cultures their most characteristic customs and institutions."--Jacket.

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